New in WeHo: Laurel Hardware, plus lunch starts this week


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Laurel Hardware has opened on Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of West Hollywood, a newcomer already drawing the locals in droves. Think New American in an old hardware store (complete with vintage facade).

Chef Mario Alberto (Gjelina, Lazy Ox, Chimu) is turning out a focused menu of share plates (confit pork belly with green barley, tomatoes with shiso and honey, grilled peaches with burrata) and a handful of pizzas (including one over the weekend with hatch chiles and anchovies). The bar seats a couple of dozen, and there’s a roster of cocktails that go nicely with the view through floor-to-ceiling bay windows that look onto an alluring back patio. (There isn’t service on the patio -- yet -- but diners can wander out there with their drinks.)


The 3,500-square-foot space, designed by Sam Marshall, is divided into several areas. The front, with windows facing the blur of Santa Monica Boulevard, is bright and airy. In the back, the bar is flanked by communal tables. Elevated booths line one wall, and sofas and armchairs with cocktail tables are along the bay windows.

Lunch starts this week, Alberto says, with a menu of sandwiches (including the LH Burger), salads and pizzas. In a couple of weeks, there will be brunch: egg scrambles (such as with maitake mushrooms, pea tendrils and creme fraiche), oysters and fried chicken with biscuits or hanger steak with 64-degree egg.

7984 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 656-6070,


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